[Python-ideas] Publishing ideas on ActiveState recipe site

anatoly techtonik techtonik at gmail.com
Wed Nov 7 07:46:30 CET 2012


On Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 1:22 AM, Steven D'Aprano <steve at pearwood.info> wrote:
> On 05/11/12 23:52, Ned Batchelder wrote:
>>
>> Get everything the way you want it, and then propose it.
>
>
> +1
>
> Also consider publishing it as a recipe on ActiveState, where many
> people will view it, use it, and offer feedback. This has many
> benefits:
>
> * You will gauge community interest;
>
> * Many eyeballs make bugs shallow;
>
> * You are providing a useful recipe that others can use, even
>   if it doesn't get included in the std lib.
>
> Some of the most useful parts of the std lib, like namedtuple,
> started life on ActiveState.
>
> http://code.activestate.com/recipes/langs/python/

Why I don't use ActiveState:

1. StackOverflow is much easier to access - just one click to login
with Google Account versus several clicks, data entry and copy/paste
operations to remind the password on ActiveState - I want to login
there with Python account
2. StackOverflow is problem search oriented - not recipe catalog
oriented, which makes it better for solving problems, which I do more
often than reading the recipe book (although I must admin when I was
starting Python - the Cookbook from O'Reilly in CHM format was mega
awesome)
3. I post the code as gists as it includes the notion of history,
unlike ActiveState, which interface looks a little outdated - it was
not obvious for me that recipes have history until today
4. Recipes are licensed, which is a too much of a burden for a snippet
5. ActiveState site makes it clear that it is ActiveState site - the
20% of my screen is taken by ActiveState header, so it looks like
company site - not a site for community

Otherwise the idea of community recipe site is very nice.



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